How to Create Outlines of Letters Using Picmonkey

This is a free version of our tutorial “How to Create Outlines of Letters Using PSCS5” If you don’t have Photoshop, then this one is for you!

We used outlines to create stencils to save on toner, (or ink) rather than printing the whole letter.

This version isn’t as precise as using Photoshop BUT it is possible to get an outline using Picmonkey.

We’ll also show how to rotate your image using Picmonkey if you’re instead using this as a transfer.

Head over to Picmonkey

Choose “Create” on the top bar and choose the size you’d like to work with. Then choose white as your canvas colour.

Select the Tt tab on the left hand side to get into text. Choose your font, either from theirs or yours. You can access more fonts by purchasing a subscription to the site. (for as little as $3.58 CAD a month with a free week’s trial)

Click the Add Text button, make sure your slider is on black & type what you’d like. You can resize, center text, etc. Drag the text box to fit your work space.

How to create outlines of letters using Picmonkey

Once you have your font looking the size you want, deselect the font then right-click it, choosing the duplicate text option at the bottom of the list.

How to create outlines of letters using Picmonkey

Change the secondary font to white by clicking on it and dragging the colour slider. Then click on the option bar (where it says normal) and change it to difference. You may want to slightly resize the new font a little smaller than the black font to fit into itself, creating an outline. **UPDATE** Don’t resize. It fits onto itself without resizing. The first image below is resized the second (header image) is without resizing and works much better!**

This won’t be perfect BUT it will give you a guide to work with and save toner or ink. 

How to create outlines of letters using Picmonkey

Create outlines of letters using picmokey

You can either stop there, save to computer and print or if you’d like to rotate it to use as a transfer, follow on below.

First merge your 2 layers of text together by pressing the button on the bottom bar that’s circled below.

How to create outlines of letters using Picmonkey

Next, go into the main editor on the left panel (circled below) and choose the rotate option.

The arrow options will flip your photo horizontally or vertically.

How to create outlines of letters using Picmonkey

That’s it! You can now save your creation and print.

Happy Creating!


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